Wärtsilä Legal Hackathon: Case Study

Mia Kärkinen, Senior Legal Counsel, Wärtsilä Corporation, Singapore
Matteo Iles, Legal Counsel - MPS & Sourcing, Wärtsilä Corporation, Italy
Sam Ong, Legal Counsel for the Middle East and Asia, Wärtsilä Singapore Pte Ltd, Singapore

Global in-house legal counsel team embracing innovation and digitalisation. Someone might think that Legal would not be among the first organisations to embrace innovation and digitalisation but luckily in the Finnish company, Wärtsilä Corporation, it is just the opposite. Wärtsilä’s Legal Affairs has really taken the 185-year old company’s ongoing digital transformation close to their heart and has been active by coming up with their own Legal Hackathon.

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Management IT October 2019 Vol.12, No. 49, Autumn 2019

Mia Kärkinen


Mia Kärkinen, L.L.M. (University of Helsinki), is a Senior Counsel at Wärtsilä. Mia has worked with Wärtsilä since 2007 and she’s currently working for the Energy Services business unit, focusing on the development of life-cycle service solutions for Wärtsilä’s Energy customers globally. Previously, she was working for Wärtsilä in Dubai and Singapore where she led the legal team in the Middle East & Asia, Services business unit.

Matteo Iles


Matteo Iles, Legal Counsel (University of Trieste, Italy – Department of Law). Matteo has been working with Wärtsilä since 2016, first as Associate Legal Counsel for Services, Area South Europe and Africa and, from January 2019 as Legal Counsel within Marine Legal Affairs, are South Europe and Caspian Sea. Matteo previously worked as trainee lawyer in law firms in Italy and has a specialization in International Contract Law. Fields of expertise: international transactions and negotiations, claims handling, corporate governance, agency, brokers and distributorship agreements and procurement.

Sam Ong


Sam Ong, MPA., LL.B., is a Legal Counsel for the Middle East and Asia at Wärtsilä since August 2017. He covers marine and services types of contracts and provides legal and compliance advice in complexed cross-border transactions. He was previously with the Attorney General’s Chambers (Singapore) and had conducted numerous trials as an Assistant Public Prosecutor after he was gazetted to prosecute on behalf on the Attorney General. Sam obtained a LL.B degree with the University of London, and a MPA at the Lee Kuan Yew school of Public Policy, NUS. He recently completed mediation training at the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Management IT October 2019 Vol.12, No. 49, Autumn 2019